How to Configure Inter-VLAN Routing or Route On a Stick Using Cisco Packet Tracer and Communication between different VLAN's in a network with layer 2 switches and trunk configuration.

Create a topology like given in below image,

Inter-VLAN Routing Using Cisco Packet Tracer with Layer 2 Switches

In above topology, host PC0 and PC1 configured to VLAN2, host PC2,PC3,PC6 and PC7 configured to VLAN3, host PC4 and PC5 configured to VLAN 4.

SWA Fa0/1(PC0)-->VLAN 2 name Red
SWA Fa0/2(PC1)-->VLAN 2 name Red
SWA Fa0/3(PC2)-->VLAN 3 name Blue
SWA Fa0/4(PC3)-->VLAN 3 name Blue

SWB Fa0/1(PC4)-->VLAN 2 name Red
SWB Fa0/2(PC5)-->VLAN 2 name Red
SWB Fa0/3(PC6)-->VLAN 3 name Blue
SWB Fa0/4(PC7)-->VLAN 3 name Blue

Link connecting SWA Fa0/23 and SWB Fa0/23 configured as Trunk.Configuring VLAN and Trunk already seen in previous post.

Without Inter-VLAN routing, host in same VLAN can communicate,host in different VLAN can't communicate with each other.Link connecting two switches configured as Trunk, So,the host in VLAN3 in SWA can communicate with host in VLAN 3 SWB.What if we need to make host communicate between different VLAN's, we need layer 3 device to make this happen like router or layer 3 switch.

VLAN Cofiguration

VLan Config and Trunk configuration for Inter-VLAN Routing

Assigning Ports to VLAN

Assigning Ports to VLAN Inter-VLAN Routing

Above command is to configure range of interfaces to a VLAN.Command to configure each interface interface individually to a vlan is given below,

Example:To configure interface individually.
SWA(config)#interface fastethernet0/1
SWA(config-if-range)#switchport mode access
SWA(config-if-range)#switchport access vlan 2

Trunk Configuration

Trunk Configuration link between switches Inter-VLAN Routing

Before Inter-VLAN Routing configuration,I am going to check by pinging host in different VLAN with above configuraiton only.We see how it works,

Ping IP-,, From host PC3(

Ping host in different vlan before Inter VLan configuration

Above results shows that, Only host in same VLAN communicates successfully,Here, Source is belongs to VLAN 2.we got reply from host that is in VLAN 2 only.

Here, Router is connected to a switch SWA to attain Inter-VLAN Routing.For that, we have to configure the link connecting router and switch as trunk link.so,the packets from different VLAN can be forwaded through this link.Then, we have to create sub interfaces in a router for each network and configure subinterfaces with IP address, that is going to be act as default gateway for each network.

  • Configure link between Router and Switch as trunk.
  • Create sub-interfaces and configure IP.
  • Configure sub-interfaces with encapsulation 802.1q

Configuring Link Fastethernet0/22 of SWA Fasthernet0/0 of Router as Trunk.

In SWA Global Configuraion mode,

SWA(config)#interface fastethernet0/22
SWA(config-if)#switchport mode trunk

Creating sub-interfaces and IP address in router.

Router(config)#interface fastethernet0/0
Router(config-if)#no shutdown

Router(config)#interface fastethernet0/0.1
Router(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1q 2
Router(config-subif)#ip address

Router(config)#interface fastethernet0/0.2
Router(config-subif)#encapsulation dot1q 3
Router(config-subif)#ip address

After Inter-VLAN configuration just ping and check same host as we pinged before Inter-VLAN Configuration.

After Inter VLAN Configuration in a Layer 3 Router Packet Tracer

All host communicated sucessfully after Inter-vlan configuration,network administrator can manually give an access to user from one vlan to another vlan or restrict the user based on our requirements.Here, different vlan communicates with help of layer 3 router.

Inter-VLAN or Route On a Stick Configuration using Packet tracer chennaicisco.com 12

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This image shows ICMP packet activity in this network, after pinging from one host to another host in different VLAN with Inter VLAN Routing configuration.

After pinging the IP of Vlan3 (Blue) from host of vlan2 (Red).ICMP packets forwarded to layer 2 switch SWA through fastethernet 0/1.shown in Figure 1 in above image..

After receiving packets switch broadcast to all interfaces that is part of vlan2 ,here the packet broadcasted through interface fastethernet 0/2,interface fastethernet 0/23 is a trunk link between SWA and SWB,interface fastethernet 0/22 is a trunk link connected to a router.Packet not forwarded to vlan blue.Refer Fig 2.

Host PC1,PC4 and PC5 will drop the packets,Only router will forward the vlan2 packets through sub-interface that belongs vlan3 (blue).Here, interface fastethernet 0/0 of Router is configured with sub-interfaces, interface fastethernet 0/0.1 with IP address it will act as a default gateway for red vlan.Interface fastethernet 0/0.2 is configured with IP address this act as a default gateway for vlan blue.So, the packet received through sub-Interface belongs to vlan red, that is fastethernet 0/0.1 routed to sub-interface fastethernet 0/0.2 that belongs to vlan 3.Packet received as vlan2 red, goes out as vlan3 blue packet.

Switch gets the packet from router and Switch SWA forwards the received packets from the router through ports that is belongs to vlan3 blue only,Fastethernet0/3,Fastethernet0/4 and Fastethernet0/23.Host PC2,PC3 and SWB receives the packet.SWB forwards the packet to host PC6 and PC7,both host will check destination IP address and they drops the packet.Only host PC3 with IP address of will reply all other host in blue vlan drops the packet.Ref Fig.3&4.

Host PC3 responding to the request and SWA forwards the packet to the default gateway,Packet received through sub-interface fastethernet0/0.2 IP address belongs to vlan3.Rotuer forwards the packet through sub-interface fastethernet0/0.1 to switch SWA,Switch sends the packet to the host PC0 is the complete process going on for Ping in this Inter-vlan topology.

Inter-VLAN Routing Ping for known unicast packet

If ARP table already has a MAC address of destination then the packet sends to a default gateway without broadcast and router forwards through sub-interface of destination host vlan(VLAN3 in above example).Then Destination host sends reply packet to the default gateway,router forward the packet through the particular sub-interface that act as default gateway for particular vlan(VLAN2 in this example).Ref Above image.

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